There is nothing more important to a team than a wicket-taking bowler. Wickets stop the flow of runs and the lesser the runs of the opposition team. Bowlers are much more likely to take more wickets in test cricket. In a limited-overs format, taking wickets can become quite hard as the field needs to be more defensive and bowlers get only a limited amount of overs to bowl. A big milestone for any bowler is the 100 wicket milestone. Here is a list of the top 20 bowlers who took the fastest 100 wickets in ODI.
List of players who took the fastest 100 wickets in ODI cricket
Imran Tahir (South Africa)
The first name on the list is the South African leg spinner, Imran Tahir. Famous for his googly, Tahir is one of the most dangerous bowlers in limited-overs cricket.
He comes tenth on the list of fastest to 100 ODI wickets. He took 100 wickets in 58 ODIs.
Jasprit Bumrah (India)
For a long time, India lacked quality fast bowlers who could take wickets even in flat tracks. Then came the era of Bumrah and Shami.
Bumrah comes at number nine on the list of fastest 100 wickets in ODI. He achieved the feat in 57 matches.
Mohammed Shami (India)
Just above Bumrah is his partner in crime, Muhammed Shami. Famous for his ability to reverse swing and his raw pace, Shami is an incredible asset to India.
Shami is number eight on the list with 100 wickets in 56 matches.
Trent Boult (New Zealand)-- Advertisement --
Tied with Shami with 56 matches to take 100 wickets is the left-arm pace bowler Trent Boult.
Boult has been the number one ranked bowler for a long time and it seems unlikely he will lose his position any time soon. He comes number seventh in the list.
Brett Lee (Australia)
Famous for the second-fastest delivery ever against New Zealand in 2005, Brett Lee was a real threat. His explosive pace could beat through the defence of the best batsmen in the world.
He comes number six on the list of fastest to 100 wickets in ODI. It took him only 55 matches to reach the milestone.
Mustafizur Rehman (Bangladesh)
Famous for his deadly yorkers and effective slower ones, Mustafizur is one of the most consistent bowlers in the world. Not only does he not give many runs but can also take important wickets.
With 100 wickets in 54 matches, he comes in at number five on the list of bowlers to reach the fastest 100 wickets in ODI.
Shane Bond (New Zealand)
New Zealand’s right-arm fast bowler Shane Bond was often regarded as New Zealand’s best bowler since Sir Richard Hadlee. It was only due to his continuous injuries and back problems that he played only 82 ODI matches in his career.
He is fourth on this list of fastest to 100 wickets with 100 wickets in 54 matches.
Fastest 100 wickets in ODI: Saqlain Mushtaq (Pakistan)
Pakistan has always been more famous for its fast bowlers than its spinners. Even so, one spinner who is regarded as a legend is Saqlain Mushtaq.
He took 100 wickets in only 53 matches and came third in the list of fastest to 100 ODI wickets.
Fastest 100 wickets in ODI: Mitchell Starc (Australia)
One of the Deadliest bowlers today in world cricket, Mitchell Starc can trouble anyone on his good day. He can swing the bowl with a deadly pace and can deliver perfect workers to dismiss any batsman in the world.
Mitchess is the second-fastest to 100 wickets in ODI. He achieved the milestone in only 52 matches in his career.
Fastest 100 wickets in ODI: Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)
Rashid Khan has been an unplayable bowler in every format of the game for quite a few years now. As Afghanistan cricket is rising from the shadows, it has been clear for quite some time that Rashid Khan is one of the best bowlers today.
It took him only 44 matches to take 100 ODI wickets. He is number one on the list of the fastest to 100 wickets in ODI.